Virginia Tech 80, Seton Hall 61
NEW YORK (AP)—Jamon Gordon scored 22 points and Virginia Tech used a 20-0 run in the second half to take control of an 80-61 victory over Seton Hall on Thursday night in the Aeropostale Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Gordon scored the first seven points of the game-deciding run that gave the Hokies (8-3) a 60-36 lead with 9:35 to play. Virginia Tech, which won its fourth straight and fifth in six games, went on to lead by as many as 28 points, the last time at 72-44 with 5:20 to go.
Freshman Eugene Harvey had 18 points for the Pirates (6-2), who had a five-game winning streak snapped and scored a season low for the second straight game.
Seton Hall had closed to 40-36 on a layup by Harvey with 17:07 left in the game. That was the Pirates’ last field goal for 7:54 as they missed their next 11 shots from the field. The Pirates also missed two free throws and committed eight turnovers during the run.
Zabian Dowdell and Nigel Munson each added 12 points for the Hokies, who had lost to Seton Hall in their only three previous meetings. Virginia Tech, which came into the game allowing 56.6 points per game, is 2-1 against teams from the Big East since leaving that league for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hokies shot 51.7 percent from the field (30-for-58), including 57.7 percent in the second half (15-for-26).
Stan Gaines had 12 points for Seton Hall, which shot 27.7 percent from the field overall (18-for-65), including 5-for-21 from 3-point range.
The Pirates came into the game second in the nation with 13.3 steals per game. They had 10 against Virginia Tech, but they weren’t able to turn them into easy baskets as they finished 20 points off their season average.